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Swine Flu Symptoms, What to Do? (cont.)

Influenza may cause some people to become very ill. Dehydration and pneumonia are major complications of influenza. Regardless of the altruism of not exposing other people to infection, sick people should seek medical care if it is needed. Guidelines have been spelled out clearly by the CDC and how they apply to various groups.

The story of swine flu will be played out in real time over the next several weeks and months. Previous epidemics have taught the world many lessons in how to deal with the potential spread of an influenza virus. History will judge how well we have learned.


CDC; "2009 H1N1 flu (swine flu)."

World Health Organization; Statement by WHO Director-General, Dr. Margaret Chan 27 April 2009; "Swine Flu."

Last Editorial Review: 10/23/2009

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